Those of you who know me, will know that once I set my mind to something, there is no stopping me. And you may also know one of my other philosphies in life…
So you wont be shocked at all to learn the premise behind the Great Australian Overland Adventure, which from here on in we will abbreviate to GAOA.
Travel, by overland means only, the entire circumference of Australia, while also cutting through the middle of course. A journey of over 36,000 kilometers!
The plan at the moment (and we all know that plans can change) is to start in Darwin at the top of Australia and travel in a counter clockwise motion all the way back to Darwin, and then cut through the middle of Australia to Adelaide at the bottom. A portion of our travel is being sponsored by Great Southern Rail, and Greyhound. While our accommodation is being sponsored by Base Hostels. More details coming soon about our great sponsors!
This will all be happening from early May, so stay tuned!
The trip is being divided into 5 main segments.
Starting in Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territories, I will make my way slowly to Perth, the capital of Western Australia. Along the way I will stop and spend some time in some national parks, enjoy some city life in Broome, and hopefully discover some marine wildlife in Shark Bay and Coral Bay.
Segment 2 is sponsored by Great Southern Rail, and I will travel from Perth to Adelaide by train! The Indian Pacific journey will take me 3115 kilometres in three days. I will have the opportunity to experience the Avon valley and Australia’s expansive open spaces from the comfort of the train.
As I travel from Adelaide, the capital of South Australia to Brisbane, the capital of Queensland I will pass through many of Australia’s famous cities. I will have the opportunity to explore the Barossa wine region near Adelaide, sip lattes and discover new music in arty Melbourne, learn about Australian politics in the countries capital of Canberra, and photograph the iconic landmarks in Sydney.
Heading north from Sydney I will entre back into Queensland and the laid back backpacker mecca of Byron Bay before making my way back to Brisbane. I’m sure madness will ensue in Brisbane with the great friends I have made so far, since making Brisbane my base in November.
Segment 4 is sponsored by Greyhound. Greyhound offers a great bus pass called the mini traveller pass, which allows hop on hop off bus travel between a variety of destinations. We will travel with them through the sunshine coast making stops in Noosa, Hervey bay and Fraser island, where we will hopefully spot some wild dingos.
Several smaller towns will also make good rest and relaxation spots as we make our way up to Airlie beach, the launching spot for tours of the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday islands.
We will have a break in Cairns, before heading north along the wild Queensland northern coast, before eventually making our way to Darwin, where we will hopefully not get eaten by crocodiles in Kakadu national park.
The last segment! This segment is also sponsored by Great Southern Rail who are providing us with a pass on the famous Ghan rail journey! We are saving the best for last, as I have always dreamed of discovering Australia’s outback. The outback could not be any more different from the landscapes I am used to back in Canada, and what better way to revel in it than by train? We will jump off the train in Alice Springs which we will use as a base for exploring the outback (and of course that famous rock too!), before rejoining the rails to where we will conclude our journey in Adelaide.